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Ohio Machine announces 2014 schedule, personnel and coaching moves

The Ohio Machine, Central Ohio’s professional Lacrosse team, has announced its 2014 schedule.

The Major League Lacrosse season will open the team with three straight road games in a 14-game schedule.

The season will start April 26 at Charlotte, North Carolina.

The opener at home will be May 17 against the New York Lizards.

The Machine also had some personnel moves and completed its coaching staff.

Assistant coach Bill Wolford will be returning for his third season with the Machine and Tom Mariano for his second with the team. Head Coach Bear Davis has added Dan Marzano to his staff.

In regards to the roster, the team traded for veteran midfielder Stephen Peyser  for midfielder John Austin and a second-round pick in the 2014 draft to New York.  Veteran Ray Megill announced his retirement.

In two years of existence, the Ohio Machine has posted back-to-back records of 2-12 for a total of 4-24 overall.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio





U.S. gymnast Liukin will be appear in Columbus on November 4


Nastia Liukin (2008 photo by Carly Peterson, ravedelay via wikipedia commons)

Russian-born Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion in gymnastics, will be heading a team of United States gymnasts in a show at Columbus, Ohio’s Value City Arena.

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions which will take place on November 4 at 4 p.m.

Liukin is a 22-year-old from the Soviet Union, but has been a member of the U.S. National Team for 8 years. She is only 5’3, 99-pounds.

Tickets will range from $28 to $203 and are available to the public starting at 10:00 a.m. July 13 at the arena and Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or

The Tour of Champions members will be from the men’s and women’s 2011 world and 2012 Olympic team’s; past Olympians; U.S. medalists in rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling along with gymnasts from Central Ohio.


Info compiled from Kellogg’s Public Relations, U.S. Gymnastics, Radio & TV news

St. Charles ready to honor Marquis Miller tonight


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Marquis Miller is still remembered well around Central Ohio for his basketball career at St. Charles High School and Ohio State under Eldon Miller.

Tonight (Friday, January 27), of the DeSales at St. Charles game, the Cardinals athletic administration will retire the uniform #45 of Marquis Miller.

Miller was a two-time Class AA Ohio Player of the Year who led St. Charles to three Central Catholic Championships from 1975 to 1977.

With the Cardinals, he scored 1,128 points which is #3 in school history.

Miller went across town to continue his basketball program at Ohio State where he ranks #1 in rebounds with 884.


Info compiled from emails, Radio & TV news

H.S. SPORTS: Osborne’s triple-double efforts leads Centennial past East, 93-88


Game report from Regina “Reggie” Lansfield

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The Centennial Stars basketball team placed all starters in double figures scoring in a 93-88 City League North Division win over the East Tigers.

The Tigers stayed in the game behind the scoring of Denzel Lipson, who had a season-high 40 points and 19 from James Davis.

Lipson’s 40 points is Central Ohio area high for men’s basketball.

Elias “Boo” Osborne led the way for Centennial with a triple-double of 27 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

Conrad Stephens and Keenan Smith supported Osborne with 15 points apiece.

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